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Expert Picks: The Memorial Tournament


Each week during the official PGA Tour season, CBSSports.com's Steve Elling and Shane Bacon give their best shot at pegging the winner and seeing what other golfers will have a good week. The picks are based on a combination of homework, guesswork and just plain instinct.

Note: Odds courtesy of Bovada.lv

Pick to win it
Elling's Pick Bacon's Pick

Justin Rose
The personable and popular Rose started his two-year ascent up the rankings with a victory at Memorial in 2010 and has since climbed to No. 6 in the world and won three other times in the States, including at Doral in March. He was fourth at Memorial in 2004 and second in 2008, so heís definitely an Ohio player.
Odds to win tournament: (16 to 1)

Jim Furyk
The 2002 Memorial winner has had a sneaky good season in 2012, carding three top-10s since the middle of March, including a playoff loss at the Transitions Championship. Furyk didn't play great here a year ago, but his game has seemed to improve, and hopefully he can build off some of his other great finishes at Muirfield, including a T-10 in 2010.
Odds to win tournament: (25 to 1)
Lock for Top 10 finish
Elling's Pick Bacon's Pick

Rickie Fowler
His current run of four straight top-10 finishes includes a victory and three top-5s, so if thereís a hotter player in the field, feel free to tap him as your personal pick. Fowler was leading on the back nine in 2010 at Memorial, seeking his first PGA Tour win at the time, but he seems to have figured out the formula for sealing the deal. Oh, and he tied a course record at his home track in South Florida two weeks ago, too.
Odds to win tournament: (18 to 1)

Rory McIlroy
What, did I miss the memo that Rory is toast in terms of his golf game? Sure, he's missed two straight cuts heading into the Memorial, but the guy is too talented not to figure out what is holding him back, and this seems like the perfect place for Rory to bounce back and get his game ready for Olympic Club. He's played in this event twice and has finished in the top-10 both times.
Odds to win tournament: (12 to 1)
Elling's Pick Bacon's Pick

Ernie Els
While some will never consider Els to be a true longshot, heís been flitting around the top-50 mark most of the year and isnít included among the top 12 picks this week by some oddsmakers. But Els finished T7 last week at Wentworth, one of five top-10 finishes around the world in 2012, and was the 2004 winner at Muirfield. In all, he has six top 10s at Jackís Track. Good enough for me.
Odds to win tournament: (40 to 1)

Ben Curtis
The recipe for Curtis' play this season seems to be, "make the cut, have a high finish." In seven PGA Tour events that Curtis has played, he's made the cut in five of them, finishing in the top-14 in all of those (including a win at the Valero Texas Open). Curtis struggled at Wentworth, but he's coming off a T-5 at the Wells Fargo and a T-2 at the Players. Curtis hasn't missed the cut at the Memorial since 2005, and finished T-13 a year ago here.
Odds to win tournament: (50 to 1)
Notable golfer odds
Phil Mickelson14-1Luke Donald9-1Tiger Woods14-1Steve Stricker22-1
Bubba Watson25-1Webb Simpson28-1Adam Scott33-1Dustin Johnson40-1
Hunter Mahan40-1Keegan Bradley40-1Nick O'HernCharl Schwartzel50-1Geoff Ogilvy50-1
Jonathan Byrd50-1Louis Oosthuizen50-1Bill Haas66-1Carl Pettersson66-1
Kevin Na66-1Nick Watney66-1Aaron Baddeley80-1K.J. Choi80-1
Brandt Jobe100-1D-A Points100-1Pat Perez100-1Robert Garrigus100-1
Sean O'Hair100-1Brian Davis125-1Fred Couples125-1Henrik Stenson125-1
Ricky Barnes125-1Stewart Cink125-1Camilo Villegas150-1Charlie Wi150-1
Jeff Overton150-1Jhonattan Vegas150-1Vijay Singh150-1Y-E Yang150-1


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